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What does Sam mean?

Sam Pronunciation of Sam [sam] as a boys' name (also used less regularly as girls' name Sam). Nickname of Samuel or Samson, sometimes used as an independent name. "Uncle Sam" has been the personal face of the American government for over a century. Playwright Sam Shepard; actor Sam Waterson; singer Sammy Davis, Jr.


Sam has 4 variants: Samm, Sammey, Sammie and Samy.

3 more different relations via Samson, Samuel: Sammy, Sansom and Shem.

Creative forms:
(male) Sary, Seam, ..

(female) Sase, Sli, ..

Middle name pairings:
Sam Leonel (S.L.), ..

How popular is Sam?

Sam is a very popular first name for men (#192 out of 1220, Top 16%) and also a very popular last name for all people (#3413 out of 150436, Top 2%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Sam reached its top rank of #34 in the U.S. in the 1880s, and is currently at #554. (2015 Birth Statistics)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Sam name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Sam outside U.S.

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related boy names. Sammie, Sammy (#1381 last year), Samson (#622) and Samuel (#23) are the popular variation forms of Sam (#554 last year) ranked in the Top 2000. These relations of Sam were favored by parents a century ago (average #981) and are now significantly less conventional (#916, down 52%), with forms such as Sammy becoming less trendy. Samuel has historically been preferred by parents, although Samson seems to be gaining popularity too.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Sam, Sammie, Sammy, Samson, Samuel in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Sam, Samuel outside U.S.

Similar Names

Sam is pronounced similarly to Sim. Other recommended names are Cam, Ham, Kam, Ram, Sal, Sami and Tam. These names tend to be less commonly used than Sam.